Sunday, February 12, 2017

"Hansel and Gretel" at Chautauqua Playhouse

The music for "Hansel and Gretel" at Chautauqua Playhouse was very good. Warren Harrison says he adapted music from the opera of the same name, dating to 1893, by Engelbert Humperdinck and Adelheid Wette, and indeed, Carolyn Gregory sang several arias. Nice!

Karen Sandoval was fun as Rosina Rubylips. For a show aimed at very young children it's important that the villainness not be so scary as to alarm the children, and Karen does a great job. Loved Warren's spirited performance as the Father.

I liked Hansel. Gretel was quite good. She is apparently involved with California beauty pageants, but learning more is hard, since they keep those hush-hush.

Two more weekends!

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